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Onion Vadai

 Published 2011-Mar-30   Updated 2018-Feb-26

- Submitted by Dahlia

(Ulli Vada, Vengaya Pakoda, Ullipaya Pokodi, Onion Fritters)

Recipe For Onion Vada


  • Onion - 2
  • Gram Flour (Besan) - 1.5 cup or as needed
  • Rice Flour - 1/2 cup
  • Green Chillies - 3 (sliced) / Red Chilly Powder - 1 tsp
  • Curry Leaves - handful (chopped)
  • Cashews - handful (chopped)
  • Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
  • Asafoetida - a pinch
  • Salt - as needed
  • Oil - for deep frying


  1. Heat the oil in a kadai for deep frying.
  2. Make thin slices of the onions and sprinkle some salt on it.
  3. Add the chopped curry leaves, cumin seeds and cashews.
  4. Add asafoetida, chilly powder (or green chillies), rice flour and the gram flour to this.
  5. Add 1 or 2 tbsp of the hot oil along with this and mix everything together.
  6. The salt draws out the moisture from the onions. If needed, just sprinkle few drops of water and make a dough.
  7. Pinch a small portion of the dough and drop it in the medium hot oil.
  8. Fry till golden brown.

Serving Suggestions

  • Serve this with hot chai as a snack.
  • You can also serve this as a side-dish with any variety rice.
  • The left overs can be used to make kadi pakodi or pakoda mor kulambu.

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 Published by on and last updated on 2018-02-26.